Exclusive: Antonio Tarver speaks to Naseem Hamed about moving to UK

Five-time world champion Antonio Tarver has informed WBN that negotiations over a move to the United Kingdom have been held with British great ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed.

Tarver, 47, has been linked with numerous UK fighters over the past two years, including David Haye, Anthony Joshua and more recently Dillian Whyte, although none have reached the completion stage.

The American is frustrated at the lack of serious negotiations taking place, especially when he’s fully keen to fight any top Brit, and says he’ll pack his bags to make a permanent switch across the Atlantic in order to nail down these challenges.

“I personally feel my time in the United States is up and I need to start a new,” Tarver exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I’ve been planning for a little while to move to the UK if I have to so I can shake up the heavyweight division over there. There’s nobody like me over there, nobody more marketable.

“I’ll come over to get the support of the fans. I’ve already been speaking to Naseem Hamed about a possible move over and he’s more than willing to welcome me over there so I can get in position to fight these UK fighters.

“We’ve spoken a couple of times recently and I’m in the mindset that I’m ready to pack my bags and go over there.”

Opportunities in his homeland have also dried up recently despite a good showing against Steve Cunningham last time out with Premier Boxing Champions and Tarver is at a loss to explain why this is the case.

“I’m working my way to the heavyweight championship and I’m the only guy willing to earn it,” he said.

“These undefeated, unproven heavyweights are getting title shots. They’re not fighting anybody with championship pedigree. It’s ridiculous, and that includes Anthony Joshua.

“Why am I in the dark? – That’s the question that needs to be asked,” added Tarver.

Main target Dillian Whyte has a date open in November that Tarver is keen to fill, whilst contact from promoter Eddie Hearn on the matter has been so far non-existent.